You will create a document that can be used to provide information to a prospective college student who is considering the selection of a major and may be interested in your field of study. The deliverable you come up with for this assignment will consider this particular audience and purpose and will provide concise information while also gaining and sustaining audience interest.
Using a search engine, answer the following questions. Once you have the answers, it will be your task to format the information in a way that professionalizes the document and makes it appealing to your intended audience. You may decide to create a well-designed Word document, a brochure (maybe using a template), a PowerPoint presentation, a web page, or another type of communication product that you think will work best for your audience.
Step 1: Find information that may prove useful as content for your deliverable. Notice these prompts ask you to explore professional resources within your discipline. You may find material that is new to you, and this potential discovery is a part of the process for the assignment: ensuring that each of you is aware of the varieties of professional organizations, resources, and contemporary issues in your respective fields. After finding the answers to these prompts, you will be responsible for determining what within this collection of info is pertinent (helpful) in the type of document you?re being asked to design, namely, a brochure-type piece that introduces your discipline to a novice. Not everything you find will need to be included, and you might decide to include additional information that is not represented in the answers to these prompts. The final content of your piece is completely up to you. Start, though, with finding the answers to the following:
a. What are the three largest or most important professional organizations in your field? (For example, in my field, professional orgs include the Society for Technical Communicators [STC], the Modern Language Association [MLA], among others.)
b. What are three important scholarly journals read by people in your field?
c. What are the three most important listservs, bulletin boards, or blogs read by people in your field?
d. What are the date and location of an upcoming national or international professional meeting for people in your field?
e. Name and describe, in one paragraph for each, three major issues being discussed by practitioners or academics in your field. For instance, nurses might be discussing the effect of managed care on the quality of medical care delivered to patients.
Step 2: Conduct a simple, hypothetical, audience, purpose, and context analysis for your document. For this step, I?m not expecting you to do actual data collection or interviewing. I would like, however, for you to work with the bulleted items found on p. 46 of the Handbook to consider communication aspects and specific features of your demographic. In the process, I will ask you this week to consider and share your ideas about how this process intersects with several of the concepts we find in our course glossary.
Step 3: Design Your Deliverable. This last phase of your project gives you a chance to try your hand at some creative thinking and design practice. Once you?ve decided on the content you think should be included, determine the optimum format for presenting the information. (Is it a simple 8 ? x 11 Word document elegantly designed? Is it a tri-fold brochure? A PowerPoint presentation? A web page or some other type of digital interface?) There?s no one correct solution here, and don?t be afraid to try something you have never tried before. I will be able to assist you with exploring new concepts and practices and, of course, you will have a chance to revise or re-design as needed.